Nicki Spies, Ph.D.

50 Kenridge Ave.
Durbanville, South Africa 7550

Phone: (+27) 21–979 2055 and (+27) 82 341 0308

Dr Nicki Spies is a narrative practitioner, whose skills as a therapist, gender discourse analyst, facilitator, trainer and researcher are applied in her private practice as well as in corporate work. Her facilitation in group training and corporate coaching is characterized by an interactive and participatory approach. Her curiosity and awareness of power relations, coupled with her deep appreciation for context and local knowledge, frame her highly effective style. 

Nicki is a member of the Institute of Transdisciplinary Development (ITD) team who took a leading role in the Radical Respectful Relationship Project within a mining company. This extraordinary project was one of the most comprehensive continuous on-site programs ever seen within the South African mining industry and seen by many as one-of-a-kind. 

Nicki compiles and facilitates customized workshops and training events for her corporate clients. Promoting and honoring local knowledge is part of her work ethic and she is therefore able to work in many different fields, i.e. medical specialists in reproductive medicine as well as in faith communities, universities and schools. 

Furthermore, Dr Spies is a regular guest in academic discussions on sexuality, gender discourse and power ethics on radio talk shows, academic forums and as speaker at non-profit organizations. Recently, she finds herself increasingly in demand for leadership coaching, team development and individual career coaching. 

She obtained her BA and BA Honors degrees in Counseling Psychology at Stellenbosch University and her MTh (Cum Laude) and DTh at the University of South Africa (UNISA). In 2011 her book on gender and sexuality discourses within a South African context was published, and since, she has co-authored a second book and several magazine articles. 

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Recent Papers Delivered:

  • Spies, N 2015. (In association with ITD) Despatching Strengths into the World in Building a Respectful Culture at a Mining Organisation, Unpublished paper presented at 2015 World Appreciative Inquiry Congress (WAIC), Johannesburg.
  • Spies, N 2015. (In association with ITD) Appreciative curiosity as vehicle to new intra and inter gender relations, Unpublished paper presented at 2015 WAIC, Johannesburg.
  • Spies, N 2009. Journeys into the garden of sexuality: The voices of women’s sexuality in pastoral conversations. Unpublished paper presented at Narrative Conference, Stellenberg, Bellville
  • Spies, N & Niehaus, E 2009. Creating gender awareness within the working environment as expressed by dominant discourses. Unpublished paper presented at Narrative Conference Stellenberg, Bellville